Chinese imperial porcelain thinly potted yellow ground green dragon bowl, incised on the exterior with two five-clawed dragons in pursuit of flaming pearls, amongst stylised clouds and flames, above a band of interlocked ruyi-heads and beneath a single scroll branch with leaves, the interior carved in the well with a shou -character, within a double incised ring in green glaze.
4 1/10 inches, 10.3 cm diameter.
The base with a six-character mark of Kangxi within a double ring in underglaze blue and of the period, 1662-1722.
黃地綠彩龍紋壽字碗 清康熙 大清康熙年制款 Henry Mazot 先生舊藏
Overall excellent condition.
Provenance & Additional Information
- Formerly in the collection of Henry Mazot (1882-1956), who lived and worked in Beijing from the 1920’s for the Bank of Indochina where he finished as Chairman. The family left Beijing in 1946 to move back to France, where they settled in Normandy. Most of the Chinese porcelain in the family collection was left in wooden trunks in the basement of their chateau from 1946 until Christmas 2015, when his granddaughter who inherited the home decided to finally open them.
- A similar pair of bowls were sold by Sotheby’s Hong Kong in their auction of The Edward T. Chow Collection, Part One, Ming and Qing Porcelain, 25th November 1980, lot 146, pp. 138/9; another was included by Marchant in their exhibition of Qing Mark and Period Monochromes and Enamelled Wares, 1981, no. 23.